Hurdle #7: Lack of courage and commitment on the part of the senior executive.
Execution management systems are not for the faint of heart. They require a senior leader that understands that he or she is the one person who has the ultimate accountability for the success of the enterprise. First, he or she must be strong enough to make the decision to move forward and, once made, must have the strength to carry through with it.
This begins even before you get started. As a senior leader, it’s usually a terrific idea to empower your team, to involve them as much as you can in the decisions that you make. However, there are some decisions that you can’t make by going to the team and discussing them. The decision to go forward with implementing an execution management system is one of them.
Here’s the reason why. If you run it by your leadership team we can pretty much guarantee there will be one or more of your team members who have an emotional reaction to it. They’ll have just enough insecurity about this amount of visibility and accountability to try to talk you out of it. They’ll say something that sounds logical and intelligent, like, “We do alright.” “We’ve tried these kinds of consulting interventions before and they don’t stick.” “We’ll just focus on it more ourselves.” Or, “Don’t we have enough to do without getting into another initiative that is supposed to improve performance but only makes it worse because it is one more thing to do? I don’t know about anybody else, but I, for one, don’t have the time for this.”
The reality is that they are being driven by one or more of the other six hurdles. If you are aware that you’re going to disturb the sleeping dragon, the status quo, and that there are some decisions you will need to make that you do not “run by your team” first, you will have the courage and the commitment to make the decision to move forward and then figure out how to get your team on board.
This education comes from an article co-written by Miles Kierson and Gary Tomlinson.
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